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Engine Company No. 9 Fire Station

N 5th St, Richmond, VA , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 37° 32' 52.557036", -77° 25' 58.547172"
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On 1 July 1950, the first professional Afro-American firefighters in Virginia were hired and in September were stationed on the northeast corner of this intersection. These courageous pioneers created a loyalty and dedication to each other and their profession notwithstanding discriminatory practices. Harvey S. Hicks, among those first hired, became the city's first black fire captain in September 1961. On 14 June 1963, Hicks and firefighter Douglas P. Evans sacrificed their lives in a rescue attempt. The city integrated the fire department on 6 July 1963 and demolished the fire station in 1968.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
Engine Company No. 9 Fire Station Historical Marker Location Map, Richmond, Virginia Map